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I bought a pool for my birthday! « Jocelyn Wong's Blog

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I bought a pool for my birthday!

Coach will be proud.

Today I turned 28 years old and it has been about 6 months since I turned pro back in May.  I decided it was time to take the next step if I want to be serious about becoming a successful professional triathlete.  Some of the hard-core folks buy treadmills for their winters at home.  I got something even better.

For my birthday, I bought myself a swimming pool.

Wongstars birthday gift to herself

Wongstar's birthday gift to herself

It is a 2-lane 50m outdoor pool, with a pace clock on each end and the water temperature is rather cold (about 75F or 24C), just the way I like it.  Cold enough that it makes me swim extra hard and not want to take any rest!

There wasn’t enough room in our backyard for such a long swimming pool, so the Prime Time Athletic Club in Burlingame (a 15-min drive away) offered to keep it for me.  Kind of like how you can board a horse at a horse stable.

fancy fancy fancy!

fancy fancy fancy!

I had been bouncing around every single public pool within a 25-mile radius.  South San Francisco, Brisbane, St. Ignatius, Joinville-San Mateo, Menlo Park, Burlingame… and was mostly unhappy with the very limited hours.  Some were too warm, some were too crowded, some were just too far away.  Cleanliness of the locker rooms varied but I could deal with a questionable one if I was able to swim whenever I wanted…however, on the weekends, most were only open for 2 hours, if there wasn’t a swim meet going on! I realized if I kept paying $5 to $7 every time I needed to swim, I might as well buy my own private swimming pool.  It’s a very good investment in myself.

Since my swimming pool is now at this very swanky fitness club, I get to enjoy everything else the club has to offer:

Carpeted locker rooms and towel service…

so fancy for someone used to slumming it

suuuper posh for someone used to slumming it

…a billion treadmills with no time limit and no waiting time…

sweatfest!  good thing they provide the towels!

sweatfest! good thing they provide the towels!

I could take spinning classes too but I’d only get on these if I can switch out the saddle to an ISM Adamo.  There’s just no comparison.  No anatomical cut-out = very unhappy girl parts.

just looking at these saddles makes me cringe.

just looking at these saddles makes me cringe.

Free wifi so I can do some blogging, wreak a little havoc in Slowtwitch-land, and email the Boss…

OMG there is even a Starbucks in here!

OMG there is even a Starbucks in here!

And a private jacuzzi in one of the women’s locker rooms!

I can enjoy the spa without having a gross hairy guy try to hit on me!

I can enjoy the spa without having a gross hairy guy try to hit on me!

This means I could even pretend I’m in a Korean spa and just hang out in the jacuzzi in my birthday suit.

The best part is that they are open 5:30am-11pm on the weekdays and 8am-8pm on the weekends.  And I can use my pool whenever they are open!

All the other swimmers have to use this pool.

All the other swimmers have to use this pool.

There is actually another swimming pool too, 6 lanes and 25 yards.  Maybe it’s a little warmer too, because nobody else really uses my swimming pool.  It’s all mine!

I’m very happy now; I finally feel like I have a home swimming pool when I am at home.  And it’s soooo nice.  It makes me want to swim every day!  Maybe even twice a day!

Look out world, I am going to become a swim monster over winter break.  There is no off season.

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